A Message to the Class of 2019

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Confetti fell to the ground and tears streamed down the face of the sport’s most recognizable star. Then came the FaceTime with his son, the cutting down of the nets, and the trophy presentation. When he sat down for the postgame press conference, the basketball star summed everything up with a simple sentence.

“These moments are what life is about.”

Indeed.

Championship moments are to sports what graduation ceremonies are to education. It’s the reason why a person works so hard. It’s why they sacrifice time with family and friends to practice or study. It’s why they refuse to give up, even when the going gets tough.

Despite what obstacles arose along the way, you knew it would all be worth it in the end, if you kept pushing towards the goal. Congratulations on getting your prize!

You have just completed a fantastic journey and reached a milestone. I am sure the road you traveled had its fair share of pain, and you have the battle scars to prove it.

However, wounds are the inevitable result of anyone willing to strive for greatness, and they serve as a reminder of your strength, resilience, and inner toughness.

I am sure you learned what friendship looks like, made mistakes, and chose to beat your path. I am sure you showed grace under fire and learned to be more concerned about your character and integrity than your reputation.

Now the next chapter of your life awaits. Before you begin writing it, reflect on how far you have come, spend time with loved ones, then attack your future with the full intent of succeeding.

Most importantly, take heed to those words said by the basketball star and remember the joy and excitement you felt during graduation.

That euphoric feeling is why every champion wants to repeat. Receiving your diploma was a championship moment, but life has many more to offer.

You are capable of reaching milestones. You are deserving of hearing your name called, and you are worthy of being celebrated for your significant accomplishments.

Go out and create more championship moments, make it a lifestyle and leave your mark in the world because that’s what living is all about.